Android P to have 'notch' design to rival Apple's iPhone X

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The upcoming Android update might have a notch, similar to the iPhone X as Google is focusing on "overhauling" its Android mobile software.

The Oreo successor is due for release later this year, and a Bloomberg report shed some light on what we can expect, including tighter Google Assistant integration, support for different phone formats, and improved battery life. Essential did this with its first phone, and Apple famously did it on the iPhone X. Now, Bloomberg says Google will make it easier for OEMs to include the hardware feature and design their software accordingly. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that the Android Pistachio Ice Cream will bring support for an iPhone X-like notch to Android.

Google will apparently release the developer preview of Android P earlier than usual; some are saying it could land as early as March.

Google's Android 8.0 Oreo operating system is still rolling out to various Android phones, but that doesn't stop us wondering what will be in the next big update of Android, known as Android P. Google's own Pixel phone already has some AR goodies built into the camera with Star Wars stickers and Lens. Google will reportedly embrace an interface that incorporates the polarizing notch that contains the premium iPhone's front-facing camera system in a display that is otherwise bezel-free. The notch is expected to become a common affair among smartphones from brands such as Samsung, LG, Huawei and others later this year.

Android P will likely be described in more detail at Google I/O, so we'll have to wait a little longer for that.

Google and other Android vendors like to mock Apple's "courageous" decisions.

The next major Android version, Android P, could see a release in nearly half a year's time. Unfortunately, none of these changes will be implemented until the next year, the source states. Google is reportedly looking for ways to integrate the feature into the Android home screen, by way of the standard Search bar.

As for the iconic name, one of the current contenders is Android Pistachio Ice Cream. However, the Android-based Essential Phone's has one, too, and several other phone makers have mimicked the notch.

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